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Communications Officer

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UNDP provides equal opportunity to all qualified female & male including the physically challenged candidates.

Industry:
N.G.O./Social Services
Total Position:
1
Job Type:
Full Time/Permanent ( First Shift (Day) )
Department:
UNDP
Job Province:
Islamabad Capital Territrory
Job Location:
ICT
Gender:

UNDP provides equal opportunity to all qualified female & male including the physically challenged candidates.

Minimum Education:
Masters
Degree Title:
Master degree in Mass Communication, Media, Journalism, International Relations, Social Sciences, Journalism or related fields.
Minimum Experience:
2 Years(Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, journalism, media or communications.)
Apply By:
Nov 1, 2021
Posted On:
Oct 20, 2021
Job Description

Background  

At thed United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change challenges by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the need for development framework that is applicable to all the people from developed and developing world. The Government of Pakistan shows strong commitment to the implementation and achievement of SDGs. In October 2015, the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives (MoPD&SI) launched SDGs in Pakistan. In February 2016, the National Assembly of Pakistan adopted SDGs as national development agenda. Pakistan Vision 2025 and other provincial strategies reflect SDGs as development priorities.

UNDP Pakistan has partnered with the Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives and set up SDGs Support Units at the federal level and launched a five years project titled ‘National Initiative for SDGs’ in 2016. The project aims to support localization of SDGs at the national level and coordinate closely with all other SDG Support Units established at provincial level and area government levels. The project focuses on four key areas of intervention:

  • SDGs mainstreaming through policy integration and coordination;
  • Strengthening monitoring and reporting mechanism;
  • Financing for development; and
  • Applying innovative approaches to accelerate progress on SDGs. 

The unit is located at Ministry of Planning Development and Special Initiatives, MoPD&SI Islamabad. The Federal SDG Support Unit needs the services of Communications Officer to promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Under the supervision of Project Manager, the Communications Officer will support the design and implementation of advocacy and communication strategies to influence development agendas, promote public outreach, mobilize political and financial support for SDGs, develop a strong digital presence and support the overall functioning of SDGs Support Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities  

Under the supervision of Project Manager, the Communications Officer will be responsible for the following;

  • Plan, design and implement internal and external strategies for communications and outreach of the SDGs Support Unit:
  • Develop communications strategies for internal and external communication with partners including Federal Ministries, Provincial Governments, international donors, civil society and private sector.
  • Support the design and execution of innovative communications strategies, in support of the work of Government in implementing the SDGs
  • Support the design and execution of online, social media and offline outreach campaigns on the SDGs.
  • Design and develop communications tools including online tools to communicate on the SDGs work in Pakistan
  • Develop and disseminate communications materials including printed and audio-visual material to increase outreach
  • Develop and disseminate newsletters and external communication material

Enhance visibility of the SDGs Support Unit by engaging with the media and other partners for outreach:

  • Support the SDGs Unit team in engaging with media; identifying potential stories, drafting and placing opinion pieces; and facilitating presence of media at events
  • Draft press releases and organize media briefings and launches Develop, write and edit engaging content for all digital platforms
  • Support the Planning Commission and SDGs Support Unit in developing knowledge platforms

Strengthen internal communications between the Federal and Provincial SDGs Support Unit:

  • Draft and share internal communications on the latest tools and mechanisms to strengthen joint advocacy and communications on the SDGs
  • Support all SDGs Units and work very closely with Communication Officers of Provincial SDG Support Units for the design and implementation of joint advocacy and communication strategy, where required Update project information materials such as Project Fact Sheet/project summary infographics, designing and layouts of reports, and project website and social media sites.

Conceptualize, develop and implement SDG campaigns:

  • Support effective communications around key Government priorities in implementing SDGs through developing engaging communications campaigns on key issues

Impact of results:

  • The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the SDGs Support Units and success in implementation of programme strategies.
  • Accurate analysis, data entry and presentation of information ensure proper programme implementation.

Institutional Arrangement:

  • Communications Officer will report to Project Manager, National Initiave for SDGs Project.

The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behavior and ensure that:  

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc.  

Competencies  

Core Competencies:

Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas work Critically assesses established methods; Contributes to prototyping, piloting, and evaluating lessons / feedback Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership Ability to persuade others to follow Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities; Actively shares knowledge Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities; Actively shares knowledge Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence;  Finds common ground to solve problems Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement; Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done; Ability to embrace challenges with minimal supervision; Works to develop organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Functional Competencies:

Diversity: Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created; Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc. Level 4: Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations

Gender: Displays gender sensitivity and promotes gender equality in all aspects of work Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and Level 4: Displays gender sensitivity and promotes gender equality in all aspects of work Knowledge of systems

Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda:

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating SDGs;
  • Maintains a functioning network of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding of SDGs and to support advocacy efforts.
  • Building Strategic Partnerships – Maintaining network of contacts
  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues;
  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders;
  • Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partners.
  • Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new and more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.
  • Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position.

  Required Skills and Experience  

Min. Academic Education:

  •  Masters degree in Mass Communication, Media, Journalism, International Relations, Social Sciences, Journalism or related fields.  

Min. years of relevant Work experience :

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, journalism, media or communications.
  • Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization would be desirable.
  • Experience in the use of photo / video software is desirable but not mandatory. Excellent understanding of print, audio-visual and digital mediums of communication.
  • Experience in the usage of social media platforms and office software packages.
  • Experience in designing layouts, info graphs in different soft wares.

Required Language(s) (at working level) :  

  • Excellent knowledge of English, and working knowledge of Urdu an asset

 Disclaimer  

Important applicant information

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